June 10, 1976: Matlack Shuts Out Padres

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Date: June 10, 1976
Mets starter: Jon Matlack
Mets: 6
Padres: 0
Winning pitcher: Jon Matlack
Key player(s): Jon Matlack, Bud Harrelson, Dave Kingman
Key play: Harrelson’s two-run single, Kingman’s home run

The Mets faced the Padres on a Thursday night in San Diego. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. Jon Matlack pitched a shutout in a 6-0 Mets win.

After a scoreless first inning, Dave Kingman drew a walk against Padres’ starter Brent Strom to open the top of the second. Kingman stole second base and John Milner went down on strikes. Jerry Grote was retired on a line drive to center fielder Luis Melendez after which Kingman went to third. Roy Staiger reached second on Melendez’s error that allowed Kingman to score. Del Unser was walked intentionally and Matlack reached on an error by third baseman Doug Rader to load the bases. Bud Harrelson hit a single to drive home Staiger and Unser for a 3-0 Mets lead. Strom retired Felix Millan on an inning-ending pop-up to shortstop Enzo Hernandez. Matlack then set down the side in order in the bottom half.

Matlack and Strom each hurled one-hit scoreless ball from the third inning to the fifth. Kingman slugged a home run against Strom to begin the top of the sixth. Milner grounded out to first baseman Mike Ivie and a walk to Grote ensued. Staiger flied out to Melendez and a single by Unser followed. Matlack hit a single to drive home Grote. On the play, right fielder Dave Winfield made an error that allowed Unser to come home and increase the Mets’ lead to six runs. San Diego reliever Dan Spillner struck out Harrelson to finish off the inning. The Padres had the bases loaded with two outs in the bottom half. Matlack then retired Fred Kendall on a line drive to center fielder Unser for the inning’s third out.

Spillner retired the Mets in order in the top of the seventh. Matlack gave up just a walk to Melendez in the bottom half and San Diego reliever Butch Metzger pitched a scoreless top of the eighth. Rader got a one-out single in the bottom of the inning. Ivie hit a ground ball to second baseman Millan for an inning-ending double play and Metzger set down the side 1-2-3 in the top of the ninth. Matlack fanned both Ted Kubiak and Kendall to begin the bottom half. Jon then got pinch-hitter Gene Locklear to line out to shortstop Harrelson and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a shutout victory to conclude the series.